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Falcon Watch Catch-up - 10/14, 10/15, 10/18 and 10/20/16

October 20th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Here I am catching up again and sharing some pictures I’ve taken over the past week while out looking for falcons.  :)

Things have been pretty quiet in the Rochester Falcon world.  Just how we watchers like it!

Some watchers have been out and about and keeping an eye on things.  So far all has been peaceful and quiet.

Be sure to click on any pictures you would like to see larger.  There are some showing Genesee’s world.  Enjoy!

1-genesee-jet<— Genesee and the Jet . - 10/14/16

2-coopers-hawk-10-14-163-coopers-hawk-10-14-16<— Juvie Coopers Hawk hanging out with Genesee in Charlotte. - 10/14/16

4-genesee-over-the-woods-10-14-16<— Genesee hunting over the trees near the beach. - 10/14/16


3-beauty-and-dc-on-fct-10-15-164-beauty-and-dc-on-fct-10-15-16<— Beauty and Dot.ca on Frontier Comm Tower. 10/15/16

5-genesee-on-shumway-10-15-166-genesee-on-shumway-10-15-16<— Genesee on Shumway antenna. - 10/15/16

7-sunset-at-buck-pond-10-15-16<— Sunset on Buck Pond. Love the sunsets here! - 10/15/16

2-moon-over-light-house-10-18-16<— Moon Over Charlotte Lighthouse. 10/18/16

3-stephen-b-roman-o-rourke-bridge-10-18-16<— Stephen B. Roman with O’Rourke Bridge raised in the background. - 10/18/16

1-red-sky-in-the-morning-charlotte-10-20-16<— Red Sky in the Morning Over Summerville. - 10/20/16

2-rainbow-over-genesee-lighthouse-10-20-163-rainbow-over-genesee-lighthouse-10-20-16<— Rainbow over the Charlotte Lighthouse. - 10/20/16

Greetings from Buffalo Billie 10-15-16

October 15th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

A beautiful fall evening with a temperature of  70 (F) 21 (C)

I came home this evening to Seneca Towers and was greeted by Billie. She was on the south end of the building top window ledge. She was watching her territory quite intently, perhaps looking for her mate, Seth.


Billie had a depleted crop so she could have been looking for dinner even though I could see blood on the bottom of her right foot.

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Whatever the case, Miss Buffalo Billie was keeping an eye out for something and I was oh, so happy to share a short bit of quality time with her.

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I left her to it with a smile on my face! :)

Head Count Sunday Morning Falcon Watch - 10/9/16

October 9th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Overcast, cold, breezy morning.  Temps in the mid-50’s (F).

I started my watch early this morning, joining Dana on the Summerville side of the Genesee River.  Genesee had arrived and already had a successful hunt.  When I got there, he was eating breakfast on top of the Coast Guard Tower (CGT).

After finishing his meal, he took off chasing a small flock of Starlings to the east.  We searched for him and ended up on the Charlotte side of the river.  Genesee returned to the CGT, then flew to the Shumway antenna.  From there, he took off flying low over the river heading south.  We lost sight of him when he flew under the O’Rourke Bridge, but a whole bunch of Pigeons took flight further down the river.  I’m sure that Genesee had something to do with that.  lol

*Be sure to click on any pics you would like to see in a larger version.*

1-genesee-on-cgt-10-9-16<— Genesee eating breakfast on the CGT.

I left Dana to continue my morning watch.  I wanted to do a Rochester Falcon head count.

Seneca Towers (ST).  Billie and Seth were together on the north end window ledge.

2-billie-and-seth-at-st-10-9-16<— Billie and Seth together on the north end window ledge of ST.

Downtown.  Beauty was up inside the OCSR elevator shaft and Dot.ca was on the top arm of the Frontier Comm Tower (FCT).  When I first reported it, I had them the other way around.  :)

3-beauty-in-ocsr-elevator-shaft-10-9-16<— Beauty up inside the OCSR elevator shaft.

4-dc-on-fct-10-9-16<— Dot.ca on the top arm of the Frontier Communication Tower.

My last stop was the Brighton Site (BS), where I found the unbanded female on the south side of the east end of the building.  She was doing a lot of preening and pulling lots of small fluff feathers.  She’s definitely going through a molt.

5-bs-unbanded-female-10-9-16<— Unbanded female falcon at BS.

I was very happy to have seen 6 of the Rochester Falcons before ending my morning watch.  :)

Morning Falcon Watch with Joyce 10-7-16

October 7th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a gorgeous fall morning with clear skies, bright sunshine and a temperature of 51 (F) 11 (C)

Joyce was getting bored at home after a recent hip replacement so I picked her up for a falcon watch this morning. We started at Summerville as Dana had reported seeing Genesee (G) on the Coast Guard Tower (CGT). We arrived a bit too late to see him so we went down river on the Charlotte side of the river and found him on the Shumway Marina tower, which is on the Summerville side of the river. This was my first time seeing Genesee since last year when he was a juvie in downtown Rochester. The sun was behind him so the back lighting was not so great.


I took a pic of the historic Charlotte Genesee Lighthouse which was right behind us after Genesee flew off hunting near the O’Rourke Drawbridge. He soon came back without breakfast landing on the Shumway tower again. This time he was showing a bit more than his back.

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Genesee didn’t stay for long before he was off scaring up pigeons and anything else in the area over by Abbott’s Ice Cream joint at Beach and Lake Avenue. While I was taping him a couple young raccoons walked by in front of me and then ducked under a deck out of sight. I wasn’t fast enough with my camera to photograph them but I can tell you they were very cute! Genesee then appeared up river on the Coast Guard Tower quite a distance from us.


We split up at this time with Dana going down to the Charlotte pier area and Joyce and I went across the river to Summerville, but Genesee was gone when we arrived. We stayed for a bit waiting to see if he came back and enjoying the scenery. I took a pic of the Port of Rochester across the calm waters of the river which made the water look like glass.


We left there and proceeded to check Seneca Towers, Medley Center Mall and Hawkeye with no sightings. We then went downtown and were just about to leave when Joyce noticed Dot.ca (DC) on Xerox. He was on the north side, 4 columns over from the northwest corner looking quite small, quite handsome and quite white!

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We left him to check the Brighton site but to no avail. Before taking Joyce home we checked downtown one more time for Beauty but no luck at that either. We were happy to have seen father and son today and ended our watch around 10:45am with smiles on our face! :)

Click on the links below to watch a couple videos



Thursday Morning Genesee Falcon Watch - 10/6/18

October 6th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watch Carol P.

Another beautiful, sunny fall day here in Rochester, NY with temps going up into the mid 70’s (F).

I started my day very early this morning, taking a friend to the hospital.  After dropping him off, I drove through downtown Rochester.  All was quiet and all was dark.  lol  I checked what I could, but could see no falcons.  Later in the morning, Donna reported seeing Dot.ca bowing at the Powers nest box and fellow watchers Brian H and Kathy O, had Beauty on the Frontier Communication tower.

Since it was too dark to see anything, I headed north to the lake (Ontario).  By the time I made my way to the Summerville side of the river, the sun was just starting to rise.  I waited, but Genesee was a no show.  Fellow watcher Dana reported from the Charlotte side of the river.  Genesee was on top of the Shumway Marina antenna.  I headed over to that location and watched Genesee looking over his territory.  He took off and flew low over the river, heading south.  He soon returned, and Dana and I enjoyed watching Genesee eat his early morning breakfast.  It looked like he retrieved a cache of food, half of a pigeon.  Hey!  Nothing goes to waste!

Here are some pics of Genesee from this morning.  Enjoy!

*Be sure to click on any pics to see the larger version.*



Here’s another view of Genesee’s world, looking across the Genesee River.


I also took some video snippets of Genesee from my morning watch. Just click on these two links!



Falcon Watch Report Catch Up - 10/4/16

October 4th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Hi all!  I’ve been out and about this past week and have seen all 6 Rochester Falcons during that time. Plus a trip to Buffalo on Saturday with fellow watchers Kathy O, Lisa McK and Dana where we saw Gleig and Diamante at Central Terminal, Yankee and Dixie at UB and  one falcon downtown Buffalo near the Statler.

Here are some pics from my week of adventures.  :)

*Be sure to click on the pictures to see the full version!*

3-beauty-in-ocsr-elevator-shaft-9-28-16<— Beauty in the OCSR Elevator Shaft 9/28/16

2-dc-on-ocsr-9-28-16<— Dot.ca on OCSR Top Ibeam North Side. 9/28/16

1-bs-falcon-9-28-16<— Unbanded Falcon at BS Location.

1-genesee-on-cgt-9-30-16<— Genesee on Coast Guard Tower. 9/30/16

2-russell-station-gone-9-30-16<— Bye Bye Russell Station.  No more falcon sightings here.  :(  9/30/16

1-gleig-diamante-at-ct-10-1-16<— Gleig and Diamante at Central Terminal. 10/1/16

1a-gleig-diamante-at-ct-10-1-16<— Gleig and Diamante at Central Terminal. 10/1/16

2-gleig-at-ct-10-1-16<— Gleig at Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY. 10/1/16
3-diamante-at-ct-10-1-16<— Diamante at Central Terminal, Buffalo, NY. 10-1-16
2-genesee-on-shumway-marina-antenna-10-2-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina Antenna. 10/2/16
1-ghost-10-2-16<— Ghost!  :) 10/2/16
1-genesee-on-cgt-hello-10-4-16<— Genesee on Coast Guard Tower after Breakfast. 10/4/16
2-genesee-on-cgt-10-4-16<— Genesee on Coast Guard Tower after Breakfast. 10/4/16
3-genesee-on-shumway-10-4-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
4-genesee-on-shumway-10-4-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
5-genesee-on-shumway-10-4-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
6-genesee-on-shumway-roust-10-4-16<— Genesee roust on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
7-genesee-on-shumway-10-4-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
8-genesee-on-shumway-10-4-16<— Genesee on Shumway Marina antenna. 10/4/16
Just click on the two following links to see a couple of videos of Genesee on the Coast Guard Tower from my Tueseday morning watch.  Enjoy!

Quick Seneca Towers Watch 10-3-16

October 3rd, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a mix of sun and clouds with a temperature of 66 (F) 19 (C)

Let’s start with my sighting this morning-as I was on my way to a doctor appointment, I spotted a falcon on the ring next to the nest box at the Hawkeye site. It had its back to me and it looked small to me so it could have been Seth.

Fast forward to around 5pm this evening when I heard a falcon kakking outside my window. I grabbed my camera and went out to the west side balcony here at Seneca Towers on the 16th floor. I found Seth on the south side of the Veteran’s Memorial Bridge. At first he was picking at his talons and I thought perhaps he had food, but that proved to be wrong.

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A few minutes later he started kakking again as Billie flew in from the east and joined her mate landing a few feet from him.

Make sure to click on pics to see the full version

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They kept looking down toward the river and I wondered if they were watching some gulls that were picking at a large dead fish that was floating along in the river.  They managed to detach the head from the fish. A duck also checked out the situation.

img_0019-gull-finds-a-free-meal-floating-in-river img_0023-duck-checks-out-floater img_0032-fish-lost-its-head

Back to Billie and Seth who had stopped facing each other and were now showing me their back. You can see the size difference in the next picture as Billie (on the right) has much broader shoulders. Female Peregrine Falcons are 1/3 larger than males.


This continued for the next 45 minutes and during that time I took pics of the fall foliage. I figure the west side of the river gorge has changed about 20-30 percent. These pics were taken of the Genesee River’s west side, to the south toward downtown Rochester and to the north toward Lake Ontario from the west side of Seneca Towers.

img_0001-south-toward-downtown<Seth Green Park in the foreground heading south

img_0002-its-a-start<west side of gorge

img_0003-across-the-way<West side directly across from my apartment

img_0004-maplewood-park<Maplewood Park

img_0005-north-toward-the-lake<Looking north toward the lake

I watched them until about 6pm when it was time to go make supper. I went back out afterwards but they were gone. So that was a nice little gift to see them that made me smile! :)

Click on the link below to see Billie, Seth and part of their surroundings here at Seneca Towers


Morning Watch 10-1-16

October 1st, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher MAK

It was a dark overcast morning with a temperature of 55 (F) 13 (C) with a very light misty rain coming down at the end of my watch

I started out at 6:30am when it was still quite dark out as the sun doesn’t rise until after 7am. I checked the perimeter of Seneca Towers (ST) but didn’t find any falcons, so I left for downtown. I arrived just in time to see the lights on Tower 280 (formerly Midtown) before they were shut off.

img_0002-tower-280 Make sure to click on pics to see the full version

I drove around downtown many times in the next hour and a half checking all the usual spots but didn’t find either Beauty or Dot.ca (DC) so I headed over to the Brighton site (BS). No falcon there either but there were about half a dozen starlings flitting around on the east side of the building. I returned to downtown and as I was making my way through on State St. I spotted a falcon on the northeast cube of the Frontier Communications Tower (FCT). Drove over to the City Hall parking lot just in time to get a couple shots of the Beautyful one before she flew off.

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She left while I was checking her pic on my camera’s LCD screen. I found her on the top I-beam northwest side of OCSR-she had her back to me but kept turning her head to have a look around.

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I left her after a while to look for DC but no such luck. I stopped on the Andrews St. bridge (ASB) before leaving downtown and got a better angle of Beauty on OCSR albeit from a longer distance. From there I could see she food in her crop and she was snoozing on and off.

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As I approached ST from St. Paul St. I spotted the tail feathers of Billie on the southwest corner and she was eating. Below her on the southwest corner of the railing was Seth looking up at her occasionally and watching below for prey.

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Soon after, Seth flew off and then Buffalo Billie followed. They went south at first then came back to the west side of the building where I couldn’t see them. I drove down to check the north end when I saw who I believe was Seth with Billie’s leftovers in his talons. After he went out of view I saw Billie go to the west side after him. I then doubled back to Seth Green Dr. where I found Billie on the west side railing.


She kept looking over her shoulder and then Seth flew up to the railing with his back to me. I believe he finished off the leftovers on the roof behind his mate beforehand. After a short stay, Seth flew off vocalizing and after a failed attempt to land on the south roof antenna came to rest on the top window ledge of the south end of ST. I left Billie on the railing to go back out on St. Paul St. for a closer view of Seth.

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I left to check for Genesee from the Summerville side of the river to no avail-he wasn’t on the Coast guard antenna where the other watchers have seen him. I’ve looked for him several other times but haven’t had the pleasure of seeing him yet-his regular time is early morning and early evening. Perhaps luck will be on my side soon.

As I approached ST from Seth Green Dr. I could see both Billie and Seth on the west side railing.

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This made me smile as I ended my watch at 10am! :)

Click on the links below to see today’s videos (they’re a bit shaky as I’m a bit rusty lol)




Sunday Morning Falcon Watch - 9/25/16

September 25th, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Made the rounds today to check on the Rochester Falcons and found all six of them enjoying the beautiful fall day.

Here they are!

1-genesee-on-cgt-9-25-16<— Genesee on the Coast Guard Tower.

6-billie-and-seth-at-st-9-25-16<— Billie and Seth sharing a meal at Seneca Towers.

7-beauty-in-ocsr-elevator-shaft-9-25-16<— Beauty Up Inside the OCSR Elevator Shaft.

9-dotca-fly-by-powers-flag-9-25-16<— A Dot.ca Fly By below the Powers Bldg Flag.  Look below the flag on the left side of the pole.  :)

8-bs-falcon-9-25-16<— Falcon (female) at the BS Location.

I thought I’d share a couple pics I took of Genesee when he visited with us in a tree on the Charlotte Beach.  (9/5/16)  Enjoy!


1st Day of Fall Morning Falcon Watch - 9/22/16

September 22nd, 2016

By Rochester Falcon Watcher Carol P.

Happy First day of Fall!  It may be Fall, but it sure feels like mid-Summer with temps hitting the mid 80’s this afternoon.

I arrived  for my morning Genesee watch on the Charlotte side of the Genesee River just as the sun was rising.  Genesee was on top of the Coast Guard Tower.  According to Dana, who was watching from the Summerville side, he had just finished his breakfast.

1-genesee-on-cgt-9-22-16<— Genesee on the Coast Guard Tower (CGT) after finishing his breakfast.

2-fall-sunrise-9-22-16<— First Fall Sunrise.

I was taking a few pictures of the sunrise and hadn’t noticed that Genesee had left the CGT.  My first clue was when I heard the river gulls start to scream!  Genesee was swooping up and down the river, diving on all the gulls located there.  As he swooped low, just missing the gulls, they would scream and attempt to take off.  It seemed like it went on forever, but it was only a few moments.  lol

At one point, Genesee flew low, just above me looking down.  I really got the feeling that this was just a whole lot of fun for him.  :)

3-genesee-chasing-gulls-9-22-16<— Genesee Chasing Gulls on the Genesee River.

4-genesee-chasing-gulls-9-22-16<— Genesee Flying Over the River.

When he was done with his “game”, he returned to the top of the Coast Guard Tower.

5-genesee-on-cgt-9-22-16<— Genesee on top of the CGT.

He remained there for quite awhile before taking off and heading south, following the Genesee River.  Some day we’ll figure out where he goes.

6-genesee-on-cgt-9-22-16<— Genesee Taking off from the CGT.

10-genesee-river-looking-south-9-22-16<— Looking South Down the Genesee River.  The direction Genesee has been taking when he leaves the CGT in the morning.

Dana joined me on the Charlotte side and we waited to see if Genesee would return.  After an hour, when he didn’t return, we ended our Genesee morning watch.

I decided to check out our other Rochester Falcons.

I first found who I believe was Billie on top of the antenna on the Kodak Research Labs building.

11-billie-maybe-on-research-labs-9-22-16<— Billie, I believe, on the Kodak Research Labs.

From Maplewood Park, I could see a smaller falcon on the north end window ledge of Seneca Towers.  Seth?

12-seth-maybe-on-st-9-22-16<— Seth, I believe, on Seneca Towers, North End Window Ledge.

My next stop was downtown Rochester, where I found a falcon on the south side, top Ibeam of OCSR, facing the building.  I could not tell if it was Beauty or Dot.ca.  I do believe it was Dot.ca.

13-dc-on-ocsr-9-22-1614-dc-on-ocsr-9-22-16<— I believe this was Dot.ca on north side of OCSR.

After looking all over for a 2nd falcon and not finding one, I headed over to the BS location.  On the east side of the building, I found the unbanded falcon on the 4th window down, Others that have seen this falcon believe that it is a female.  I have to agree, based on size.  She was sitting in a little bit of shade, dozing on and off.

15-bs-falcon-9-22-161<— Falcon at the BS location, snoozing in the shade.

After spending a little bit of time with her, I headed back to downtown Rochester.  From the Andrews St Bridge, I could see that Beauty had joined Dot.ca on the top IBeam of OCSR on the north side.

16-beauty-on-ocsr-9-22-16<—Beauty on OCSR.

I reported that it was DC that took off, flew over the Powers Bldg and then returned to OCSR.  But it was actually Beauty that took off and landed on the 2nd IBeam down, below Dot.ca.

17-bdc-9-22-16<— Dot.ca and Beauty on OCSR.

18-beauty-on-ocsr-9-22-16<— Beauty on OCSR below Dot.ca.

It was getting really warm, and I was happy to end my morning falcon watch after seeing 6 of our Rochester Falcons.  Tomorrow it will be much cooler with temperatures going into the mid-60’s and a chance of rain.  Happy Fall Everyone!

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